what is a pleonasm and what are some examples?

what is a pleonasm and what are some examples

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  • Janko
    Lv 6
    7 years ago
    Best Answer

    A pleonasm results from using more words than are necessary for clear communication. "You will receive a free gift gratis!" would be a pleonasm, since a gift is always free and gratis just means "for free."

    Sometimes a pleonastic expression uses an adjective to intensify a quality inherent in the noun, although strictly speaking, the adjective is unnecessary, as its meaning is already included in the noun:

    "sudden impulse" Impulses are not slow and deliberate, but are always relatively sudden.

    "mutual cooperation" If it's not mutual, it's not cooperation.

    "unexpected emergency" When are emergencies ever expected?

  • ecker
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Pleonasm Examples

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